Details arise in the case of Snowflake chiro | Latest news

SNOWFLAKE – Longtime chiropractor Wesley Bowman, 73, of Snowflake was charged with 5 crimes by a Navajo County grand jury on October 27th last year. He is considered innocent by law and details of the charges have emerged based on reports from two women who are not mentioned in this article.

The case began when a woman who lives in Flagstaff contacted the Snowflake Taylor Police Department in March 2019, alleging that Bowman sexually assaulted her while undergoing chiropractic treatment 25 years earlier. This happened once in two years between January 1, 1993 and January 1, 1993 December 31, 1994 when the woman was around 16 years old. She had previously received uneventful treatment from Bowman, she said to officers, and continued treatment thereafter before stopping treatment for good.

The woman then contacted the Flagstaff Police Department with the same complaint, telling the Flagstaff authorities that her report to STPD was not “moving fast enough”. She reported that Bowman asked her to take off her clothes except for her panties, then Bowman pushed her panties aside and digitally penetrated her.

The case highlights the difficulty of prosecuting and defending a decade-long sex crime allegation with no physical evidence, no set date, no witnesses alongside the two people present, and no admission by the suspect. With all that said, it can be an accurate representation of what happened. Monitor forensic scientists who regularly deal with what the authorities call “late” reports. Bowman has pleaded not guilty and denies the allegations.

A very relevant question is why the alleged victim waited so long to report, and that is exactly what Det. Sgt. Salli O’Hair of the Navajo County Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation asked her. It can be noted that the case ended with NCSO after the Flagstaff authorities claimed it was outside their jurisdiction and the STPD had little to do, but they still referred the matter to law enforcement. At this point, the detective sergeant at NSCO took over the investigation and interviewed the woman at the Flagstaff Police Station.

The woman told the detective that she waited so long because she tried to forget about it, thinking it was “something she did” to provoke it, O’Hair testified to a grand jury . The woman remembered attending a conference in 2018 and the spokesman saying something that “brought back all memories of her,” she told the detective. These statements can be very true. She also noted that she had “guessed” herself whether it actually happened.

Another question from the detective: did the woman tell anyone about it? The answer was yes, and O’Hair interviewed the people the alleged victim said they told. Those interviewed said the woman had only told them about it in the past six months, and generally, with no specifics, that the woman said she had been attacked.

A second woman alleged that Bowman touched her private parts through her clothing during treatment in April 2019, and she filed a formal complaint with the Arizona Board of Chiropractic Examiners. She told the board that she went to Bowman to get a medical certificate that her planned breast reduction procedure was medically necessary and not a cosmetic procedure. It is understood that health insurance may cover part or all of the discount if medically necessary.

The second woman claims Bowman touched her bare breasts and rubbed her private parts over her clothes. If so, having a doctor touching the breasts of a patient who was there to get a professional opinion about her breasts is likely not a crime, but allegedly touching private items on clothing could constitute sexual abuse. Bowman says that never happened, and with the patient’s permission, he touched her in the first place.

During an August 28, 2019 hearing on the matter, the Chiropractic Board found that Bowman’s medical records did not include the patient’s permission, and one board member considered that such sloppiness in recording or even communicating with a patient was a mistake, The brand new chiropractor could do, not one with the long history of Bowman’s practice.

In the end, the board of directors and Bowman signed a “declaration of consent,” placing Bowman on parole, asking him to learn how to communicate with patients and how to properly record medical information.

Two lawyers have acted as defense counsel in the case; They are Todd K. Coolidge of Coolidge Law Firm, PLLC of Chandler, and Ronald D. Wood of Show Low. The district attorney is Ms. Lee White, Assistant Attorney for Navajo County. The case was assigned to the Hon Ralph Hatch, but asked the presiding judge to reassign him to another judge as Hatch has an unidentified conflict.

Meanwhile, attorney Coolidge urged the court to dismiss the case, or at least send it back to the grand jury so that they could receive truthful and accurate information that Coolidge claims is not. It has long been said that any decent prosecutor can persuade a grand jury to charge a ham sandwich, and the court’s rules allow a case to be sent back to the grand jury if one party believes the jurors did not get the full story or if something inappropriateness caused them to prosecute.

In this case, the defense claims that the NCSO Det. Sgt. Salli O’Hair “made multiple false, misleading and irrelevant adverse statements,” according to the December 31, 2020 motion that the chiropractic authority “suspended” Bowman’s license for six months after the second woman complained and that he was ordered to install video cameras, but none of these things are true, the lawyer said. Also that the jurors asked for the consent form between the board and Bowman, but were not given a copy.

The detective was also allowed to tell the jury about local rumors about Bowman’s love life and about “strange” practices that, even if true, are irrelevant and detrimental. In addition, the defense attorney alleges that Prosecutor White gave the jury an incorrect definition of the Sexual Assault Act and that sexual contact with clothing is considered sexual assault.

White submitted a spirited response on Jan. 28, demanding, “The state has not presented false or misleading evidence to the grand jury and has given the grand jury a fair presentation of the evidence.” She claims that Bowman’s consent form with the chiropractic authority was a kind of suspension and that she did not give a false definition of sexual assault. As for the latter part, White said, it doesn’t matter anyway, as the grand jury declined to charge Bowman of sexual assault against the second woman and instead chose a lesser sexual abuse charge.

The court has not yet ruled on the defense motion, and now that the first judge is out, there is no new trial date or information about which judge will assign the case. It will likely be Presiding Judge Dale P. Neilson as the newly elected Judge Melinda K. Hardy is said to have limited experience in criminal law, and the other full-time judge, the Hon. Michala Ruechel is married to a prosecutor so she does not hear criminal cases , sources told the Independent.

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